Holding Our Leaders Accountable To Rescue Public Transit

In NYC COVID-19 , Has Dramatically Reduced Transit Ridership

  • Due to the crisis, the MTA is losing close to $125 million per week in fares and tolls

New York State And City Governments Cannot Rescue The MTA

  • New York State government projects a loss of more than $15 billion in tax revenue and New York City government is likely to lose $6 billion.
  • Not only is the MTA impacted by lost dedicated tax revenue, this will also make it much harder for the State or City to rescue the MTA.

The Federal Government Must #RescueRiders

  • The MTA needs to be able to continue moving over one million essential workers daily and provide reliable, affordable service after COVID-19. Riders helped win $3.8 billion in federal aid for the MTA, but we will need billions more to ensure we can maintain the level of service riders depend on.

In the meantime the MTA must Redistribute Bus and Subway Service to Protect Riders and Essential Workers

  • Crowding on particular MTA bus and train routes poses an imminent public health threat to New Yorkers, especially black and brown communities.
  • Governor Cuomo and the MTA must mobilize spare capacity elsewhere in the transit system to lessen this crowding now.

Without Additional Relief, Riders Will Suffer

  • After the 2008 financial crisis, the federal government failed to aid public transit and riders saw service cuts, which led to more delays and hiked transit fares.
  • The MTA can’t balance its budget on riders’ backs, we need government investment to avoid a repeat of 2008, and to support public transit and the families and economies reliant on it.

New York’s Recovery Depends on Sustainable Transit Funding

  • Essential workers are relying on public transit to respond to this pandemic and need reliable service to carry out their vital roles in fighting the COVID-19 crisis.
  • New Yorkers will need reliable, frequent, and affordable service as we work to rebuild our lives and city. Without this, low-income New Yorkers and communities of color will suffer the most.

Three easy steps to protect transit riders today

  • Call and email your Congressmember today and ask them to help #RescueRiders with emergency federal funding by visiting ridersny.org/rescue
  • If you are still taking public transit, send us a video clip on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook telling us why public transit is important to you. Tag us and use the hashtag #rescueriders